Cancer Awareness Bracelet
By Renee O'Donnell
As you know, the
cancer awareness bracelet helps to support new treatment research
for breast cancer. It's one symbol of the outspoken courage found
among women facing this challenge today. Luckily, celebrities like
Melissa Etheridge are stepping forward to share their personal stories.
Many famous women have
survived breast cancer. Just a few prominent survivors include
Diahan Carrol, Suzanne Sommers, Olivia Newton John, Cokie Roberts,
Nancy Reagan and Patti LaBelle. Because of the refreshing new
public attitude, many of them are now willing to talk about their
wife of former president Gerald Ford was the first courageous
woman to discuss her cancer in public. In 1974, only seven weeks
after her husband took office, she publicly announced her surgery.
At the time, this was an unprecedented action, but her candor opened the
door for heightened breast cancer awareness and the eventual
development of breast cancer awareness bracelets.
With the advent of pink
breast cancer awareness bracelet along with the new more
enlightened attitude, celebrities are admitting to breast cancer
surgery and more.
Etheridge appeared at the Grammy's with her bald head--and she
boldly rocked the stage with her dynamic performance as she moved
and motivated everyone present. She also has spoken at length on
her web site about her experience with breast cancer, along with details
about her surgery, recovery and follow up treatment. Her
fans have responded with love, support, and overwhelming
solidarity. In fact, many of them wear pink breast cancer
awareness bracelets to show their support for Melissa.
Several books have been
written by celebrity women, documenting in surprising detail their
first emotional reaction to diagnosis, the travails of surgery,
and decisions about follow up treatments. Two of the courageous
women who wrote such books are TV anchor, Betty Rollin and actress
We’re lucky today that we have a new, open attitude about breast
cancer in general. The proof of this attitude is the fact that so
many people are wearing the pink breast cancer awareness bracelet,
to remind them of those who are recovering from breast cancer
treatment. With the pink bracelet, we get to show our
support and admiration for the indomitable spirit of the famous women who
are sharing their inspiring stories for the first time in "herstory."
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